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London

National Portrait Gallery

Exhibition Detail
Group Show
Concealed and Revealed: The Changing Faces of Elizabeth I
St Martin's Place
London WC2H 0HE
United Kingdom


March 13th, 2010 - September 26th, 2010
 
Queen Elizabeth I, Queen Elizabeth I
© Courtesy of National Portrait Gallery
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A snake with a curling tail and the face of a mysterious unknown young woman hide beneath a portrait of Queen Elizabeth I. Why were these hidden images painted and and what can they tell us about the portraiture of England's best known queen? The snake was part of an original design for a portrait of Elizabeth I dating from the 1580s, but was painted out before the picture was finished. This picture is included in a new display highlighting recent research on several remarkable portraits of Elizabeth I.

This picture is included in a new display highlighting recent research on several remarkable portraits of Elizabeth I. This research has been undertaken as part of the project, Making Art in Tudor Britain project.


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